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Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

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Department of the Environment and Heritage Annual Report 2002-03

Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2003
ISSN 1441 9335

Review of performance - Outcome one: Environment (continued)

Biodiversity (continued)

Wildlife protection legislation and policy

(Departmental output 1.2)


To administer and enforce wildlife protection legislation and policy to ensure the protection and conservation of Australia's wildlife.


The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act is the legislative basis for conservation-oriented controls on the export and import of wildlife and is the primary mechanism for fulfilling Australia's obligations under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

During the year 3763 wildlife trade permits and 44 842 personal accompanied baggage licences were issued. Seventy-one applications were received to amend the list of animal species approved for live import and ten amendments to the live import list were gazetted and tabled.

Wildlife trade permit applications for non-commercial purposes were assessed to ensure that they complied with legislative conservation and animal welfare requirements. These permits were mainly issued to zoos and researchers.

Where applicants were receiving mammals, reptiles, birds and amphibians, their facilities were assessed for animal welfare requirements.

In some cases, a permit cannot be issued unless the items being exported or imported are from or - in the case of conservation breeding - going to an approved program. During the year, the following programs were approved:

The Department and Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act web sites were updated to inform stakeholders and the public of changed requirements arising from the wildlife trade amendments to the Act.

Training sessions were conducted throughout Australia for nearly 300 staff of the Australian Customs Service and state wildlife agency officers, to enable them to enforce the wildlife trade provisions of the Act.